Green Dragon
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In 1975, as the war in Vietnam finally draws to a close, a number of Vietnamese refugees seeking new homes in the United States find themselves housed at the Camp Pendleton Marine base in California, where Sgt. Jim Lance (Patrick Swayze) is put in charge of their care. Lance is a compassionate man who tries to afford the refugees as much dignity and respect as is possible; frustrated by his inability to speak with them directly, Lance strikes up a friendship with Tai (Don Duong), who worked with the U.S. Army as a translator during the war and now wants to settle in America. Tai helps Lance… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An honest, sensitive story from a Vietnamese point of view."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Plays as hollow catharsis, with lots of tears but very little in the way of insights."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"Revisiting the painful aftermath of Vietnam from the perspective of American-bound refugees, Timothy's film is an honorable if not great companion piece to his brother Tony's Three Seasons; both films played at the Sundance Festival dramatic competition"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film's bathos often overwhelms what could have been a more multifaceted look at this interesting time and place."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"A deeply felt and vividly detailed story about newcomers in a strange new world."
‑ Joe Leydon, San Francisco Examiner
"Earnest, unsubtle and Hollywood-predictable, Green Dragon is still a deeply moving effort to put a human face on the travail of thousands of Vietnamese."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"A lyrical, bittersweet film about what could be termed a by-product of battle."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"One of the best films of Swayze's Career....Not to be missed"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"An inspiring and heart-affecting film about the desperate attempts of Vietnamese refugees living in U.S. relocation camps to keep their hopes alive in 1975."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Although tender and touching, the movie would have benefited from a little more dramatic tension and some more editing."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Just when the movie seems confident enough to handle subtlety, it dives into soapy bathos."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Drives for the same kind of bittersweet, conciliatory tone that Three Seasons achieved but loses its way in rhetorical excess and blatant sentimentality."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"I've yet to find an actual Vietnam War combat movie actually produced by either the North or South Vietnamese, but at least now we've got something pretty damn close."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Flawed but worthy look at life in U.S. relocation camps."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The somber pacing and lack of dramatic fireworks make Green Dragon seem more like medicine than entertainment."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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